Associate Professor in Social Work
My research focusses on child welfare inequalities, child protection decision-making, the politics of child protection and the use of algorithmic decision tools in child protection. I pursue a critical perspective on child protection; one that examines the intersections between structural conditions, policy contexts, systems, power and micro practice.
My practice background is in child protection social work, residential work with children, and family support social work. I have taught at the University of Otago since 2005, covering child and family social work, micro theories and skills, child protection decision-making and generalist courses.
I am a Registered Social Worker, an associate member of Child Poverty Action Group, and a founding member of the Re-Imagining Social Work blog collective. I am a member of the editorial collective of the Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work Journal, an associate editor of Qualitative Social Work, and on the editorial board of the BJSW sister journal: Practice.
Google Scholar: Emily Keddell
I co-ordinate and teach:
SOWK 201 Fields of Practice
SOWK 302 Social Work for Children and Families – Analysis and Theory
SOWK 402 / SOWK 562 Micro Intervention: Theories and Skills
SOWK 490 Dissertation
SOWK 552 Child and Family Social Work
I welcome approaches for supervision in the following areas:
- Many areas of child and family social work including: policy and systems design in the child welfare context, inequalities and the child welfare system, poverty reduction policies in the tax/benefit system, the use of predictive data analytics, decision-making and judgement, critical approaches to risk and safety, reunification and family maintenance, multiple child removal, and ethics.
- How people construct ethnic identities from multiple options and negotiate these in their family and social contexts.
Current and recent students
Gina Tompkins MA Human Services
Legislative changes to the Children Young persons and their Families Act
Nathan Jaquiery PhD
Stabilising factors in permanent placements for children or young people in the caresystem
Sue Whyte MSW
Self-Efficacy in Parents of Adolescents: Does attendance and completion of 'Tweens & Teens' alter parental self-efficacy?
Adele Parkinson PhD
Adult and Child Clients' Views of a COPMI* Family Support Service: A Mixed Methods Study
Monique Harvey MSW
“Baby Mama” The daily life of being a teenage parent
Monica Hannan MSW
The Impact of Notification to CYF on the NGO Client-Worker Relationship
Karlene Lee MSW
New Zealand Non Government Organisation Social Service Manager's job satisfaction, job dissatisfaction and the implications for retention
Karen Service MSW
Women's views of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale
Jan Young MSW
The Role of Mothers in Shared Care arrangements for children following relationship separation
Jude Buckingham MSP
Pre practicum service learning to enhance counsellor education
Keddell, E., & Hyslop, I. (2023). Children, neoliberalism, and child protection. In H. Montgomery (Ed.), Oxford bibliographies: Childhood studies. Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/obo/9780199791231-0283
Kokaua, J., Keddell, E., Davie, G., Aiono-Faletolu, T., & Cook, L. (2023). Child protection inequalities for Pasifika children in Aotearoa New Zealand: Diverse realities. Kōtuitui. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/1177083X.2023.2245856
Keddell, E. (2023). Recognising the embedded child in child protection: Children's participation, inequalities and cultural capital. Children & Youth Services Review, 147, 106815. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2023.106815
Keddell, E. (2023). On decision-variability in child protection: Respect, interactive universalism and ethics of care. Ethics & Social Welfare, 17(1), 4-19. doi: 10.1080/17496535.2022.2073381
Keddell, E., Cleaver, K., & Fitzmaurice, L. (2023). Experiences of baby removal prevention: A collective case study of mothers and community-based workers. Qualitative Social Work, 22(2), 266-285. doi: 10.1177/14733250211058178